by Bike
INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

Cruising by the Ganges

  • 1785 km
  • 12 days / 11 nights
New Delhi - Agra - Lucknow - Varanasi - Lucknow - Mathura - New Delhi
Activity :
  • Culture
  • Culinary
Terrain :
  • Urban

Starting from the national capital that has a history older than the Mahabharat, this route takes you to one of the world's seven wonders, the Taj Mahal, and goes further eastward to Varanasi, one of the most sacred cities of India. Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna is on the way back. So get ready for a lesson on India's cultural heritage, this time told through the eyes of the road.

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Easy
Here's a road trip that is suited to those looking for a laid back drive, as well as veterans.

Is this road trip for me?

  • This trip packs in some of the most culturally and historically rich cities in the country. It will be a treat for those who want to dig deeper into India's heritage.

Highlights

  • Delve into the history of New Delhi's iconic Mughal monuments
  • Calm your nerves at the Lotus Temple
  • Be mesmerised by the glorious Taj Mahal
  • Seek blessings at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Take a dip in the Ganges at Varanasi
Start of Tour New Delhi
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 1785 km
End of Tour New Delhi
Day 12
  • Driving Days :

    Total 9 Days

  • Rest Days :

    Total 3 Days

  • Day 1 New delhi
    • None (Meals on your own)
    • Arrival transfer from the airport /railway station to the hotel in New Delhi.
    • Overnight in New Delhi.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from the airport /railway station to the hotel in New Delhi.

    Welcome to your trip. On arrival at the airport / railway station in New Delhi, you will be escorted to your hotel. Check in and take a breather.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the evening is at leisure. If you wish, head out to explore New Delhi's hub, Connaught Place (CP) and the nearby areas. The Rajpath and India Gate are a stone's throw away. Sunset is the best time to be here, as that is when you get to see the national capital's distinct skyline.

    Also close by is the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. The serene shrine is counted as one of the main Gurudwaras, and also holds the title of being the best tourist spot in New Delhi.

    Leave the latter half of the evening to roam and window-shop around the vibrant and ever-bustling Connaught Place. The Jain Book Depot and the Oxford store are must visits for every book lover.

  • Day 2 New delhi
    • Breakfast
    • Explore the city of New Delhi in a chauffeur-driven car.
    • Overnight in New Delhi.

  • Activities

    Explore the city of New Delhi in a chauffeur-driven car.

    After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel in a chauffeur-driven car for a city tour of New Delhi. Discover South Delhi, known for attractions like the National Museum, housing artefacts from as far back as the Harappan Civilisation; Humayun's Tomb - the pinnacle of Mughal architecture before the Taj Mahal; and the Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, the burial ground for Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. If you happen to visit the Dargah on a Thursday evening, make sure to attend the qawali sessions that the musicians hold fervently here.
    Further Southwards, visit the serene Lotus Temple, a gift to the city from the Bahai community. On your way to the Lotus Temple, you will pass the Moolchand Metro Station. It's where you will find Moolchand Paranthewaala, which is one of the best restaurants in Delhi for your fix of, crisp, stuffed paranthas. Also, visit the Qutub Minar, the 73-metre tall pillar that is a defining feature of the Capital's skyline.
    Moving back up north, visit Dilli Haat, your one-stop shop for handicraft items in the city; and the Lodi Gardens, a posh park which contains the tomb of rulers Sikander Lodi and Muhammed Shah. The garden complex also has Lodi - The Garden Restaurant, a posh, al fresco restaurant that serves Mediterranean food.

  • Day 3 New delhi
    • Breakfast
    • Visit the famous Red Fort in a chauffeur-driven car.
    • Overnight in New Delhi.

  • Activities

    Visit the famous Red Fort in a chauffeur-driven car.

    Like day 2, you will be picked up from your hotel in a chauffeur driven car for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Head first to the iconic Red Fort, the former residence of the Mughal Empire. Later, explore the area for its pig-out spots that serve delicious paranthas, tangy chaats and an array of Mughlai dishes.

  • Day 4 New delhi
    • Ride
    • Distance:225 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in New Delhi to the hotel in Agra.
    • Overnight in Agra.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in New Delhi to the hotel in Agra.

    Your motorcycle will be delivered to you at the hotel. After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head to Agra. The 213 km long ride from New Delhi to Agra is an absolute breeze, thanks to the Yamuna Expressway. The eight-lane highway is butter smooth, and you will not realise that it's been four hours since you left New Delhi. Till the Agra toll, there are no pit-stops. So, a few snacks and water should be kept handy. Once you reach Agra, check in to your hotel.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. Get out in the evening and head to the Agra Fort, the former residence of Mughal Emperors. Follow this with a walk through Agra's market, popular for its marble and leather articles.

  • Day 5 Agra
    • Breakfast
    • Visit the world famous monument Taj Mahal.
    • Overnight in Agra.

  • Activities

    Visit the world famous monument Taj Mahal.

    The second day at Agra is solely meant for you to experience the marvellous Taj Mahal. After breakfast, ride to the Taj; you will be taken for a guided tour around the monument.

    Note: If possible, visit Agra on a full-moon night, where the Taj can be seen in all its splendour, shimmering in the moonlight.

  • Day 6 Agra
    • Ride
    • Distance:350 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Agra to the hotel in Lucknow.
    • Overnight in Lucknow.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Agra to the hotel in Lucknow.

    Your ride today to Lucknow is through the sprawling, six-lane, Lucknow - Agra Expressway. Like the Yamuna Expressway, this is one of the smoothest roads to ride on in the country and you will chomp the miles without breaking a sweat. Check in to the hotel in Lucknow by afternoon, and settle in for the day.

  • Other Recommendation

    The evening is at leisure. If you plan on exploring the land of the Nawabs, we suggest that you visit attractions like the Bara Imambara, the Chhota Imambara and the Rumi Darwaza. Shoppers must head to Hazratganj, Lucknow's most prominent market known for Chikankari dress shops and Lucknowi cuisine.

  • Day 7 Lucknow
    • Ride
    • Distance:320 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Lucknow to the hotel in Varanasi.
    • Overnight in Varanasi.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Lucknow to the hotel in Varanasi.

    Check out of your hotel and ride to Varanasi via NH 30 and NH 19. The roads, albeit smooth, are a four-lane affair and not as wide as the expressways that you have been used to so far. Also, this stretch doesn't have many pit-stops or food-courts, so some snacks and water would be useful.

    Check in to the hotel in Varanasi and relax for the day.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest that you step out early in the evening and ride to Sarnath, located about 12 km North of Varanasi. Head first to The Deer Park. Here is where Gautam Buddha delivered his first sermons after attaining enlightenment.

    Next, visit the Sarnath Archaeological Museum, the oldest site museum of the Archaeological Survey of India. Its oldest artefacts date back to the 3rd Century BC.

  • Day 8 Varanasi
    • Breakfast
    • Explore Varanasi on a city tour.
    • Overnight in Varanasi.

  • Activities

    Explore Varanasi on a city tour.

    The chief temples of the holy city are located within 5 km of each other. Start with the Sankat Mochan Temple that is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

    A short walk from here takes you to Tulsi Manas Temple. This is where the Devnagari version of the Ramayan was written, which made the epic tale accessible to the masses. Earlier, the Ramayan was only understandable and accessible to the Sanskrit speaking elite. In addition to the historical significance, the temple's architecture and design are stunning.

    Next on the list is Kashi Vishwanath, the chief temple of Varanasi. It is one of the twelve jyotirlingas (prime Shiva Temples), that are spread across India. One of the highlights of the temple is its dome, which is plated in gold.

    Kashi Vishwanath is located next to the River Ganga, and is close to the Dasashwamedha Ghat (stairway to a river), the main ghat in Varanasi. The word Dasashwamedha translates to a ceremony where ten horses were sacrificed, in this case, by Lord Brahma, to welcome Lord Shiva to Varanasi.

    You must catch the Ganga aarthi that takes place every evening at the ghats of Varanasi.

  • Day 9 Varanasi
    • Ride
    • Distance:320 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Varanasi to the hotel in Lucknow.
    • Overnight in Lucknow.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Varanasi to the hotel in Lucknow.

    Post breakfast, ride back to Lucknow via NH 19 and NH 30. Check into your hotel at Lucknow and settle in for the evening.

  • Day 10 Lucknow
    • Ride
    • Distance:400 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Lucknow to the hotel in Mathura.
    • Overnight in Mathura.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Lucknow to the hotel in Mathura.

    Today, you ride to Mathura, the holy ground where Lord Krishna was born. Don't be daunted by the 400 km-long ride ahead of you. All of it is via the brilliant Lucknow-Agra Highway and the Yamuna Expressway, so you will hardly realise the distance. Head out after breakfast and you will comfortably reach Mathura by late afternoon. Check in to your hotel and settle in.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. Get out by early evening and seek blessings at thefamous Banke Bihari Mandir, dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was established by Swami Haridasji. The story goes that it was upon his meditation that Lord Krishna appeared in the form of the black statue that's worshipped in the temple.

    Next, head to the mysterious Nidhivan garden, where Lord Krishna is said to perform the Ras Leela every night. Locals believe that the Tulsi trees in the garden turn into gopis and participate in the admiration of Krishna.

  • Day 11 Mathura
    • Ride
    • Distance:170 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Mathura to the hotel in New Delhi.
    • Overnight in New Delhi.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Mathura to the hotel in New Delhi.

    It takes under three hours to cover the 162 km from Mathura to New Delhi on the Yamuna Expressway, and is quite an easy ride.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to explore New Delhi.

  • Day 12 New delhi
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in New Delhi to the motorcycle rental agency, drop the motorcycle off and head out for your onward journey.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in New Delhi to the motorcycle rental agency, drop the motorcycle off and head out for your onward journey.


    Enjoy breakfast and check out of the hotel. Ride to the motorcycle rental agency, handover the vehicle and take home experiences of a lifetime!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeings as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Motorcycle as per your package selected.
  • Travel insurance upto age of 70 years.


Exclusions

  • Any transport to / from New Delhi. Your tour price starts ex New Delhi.
  • Hotel surcharges (if applicable) during high / festive season to be paid extra per person.
  • Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, entry charges wherever applicable, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Parking charges, fuel and tolls are not included.
  • Cost of petrol for the vehicle provided.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
  • Motorcycle insurance.
Categories Touring Motorcycle - Royal Enfield Classic 500 or similar Sports Touring Motorcycle - Royal Enfield Himalayan or similar
ECONOMY 52,260 55,260
STANDARD 64,260 67,260
  • New Delhi 4 Nights

    Hotel View
    Tavisha Hotel
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Agra 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Usha Kiran Hotel & Towers
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Lucknow 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Genex Casaya Inn
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Varanasi 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    City Inn Varanasi
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Mathura 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Clarks Inn
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • TOURING MOTORCYCLE

    Royal Enfield Classic 500 or Similar.
    Included in trip
    • 499 cc
    • Electric, Kick
    • 5-Speed Constant Mesh
    • 13.5 litres
things-to-carry

Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 l (20 kg).

  • Driving License
  • Credit card in the riders name
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Flashlight / torch
  • Water
  • Music
  • Tissue box
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Mints
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Small tool kit
  • Sunscreen
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